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1st Stage 8 active cultures theatre 8 Adventure Theatre MTC 9 African Continuum Theatre Company 10 Ambassador Theater 10 The American Century Theater 11 American Ensemble Theater 11 Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater 12 Artists’ Bloc 12 banished? productions 13 The Bay Theatre Company 13 Capital Fringe 14 Chesapeake Shakespeare Company 14 City Artistic Partnerships 15 Compass Rose Studio Theater 15 Constellation Theatre Company 16 Creative Cauldron 16 CulturalDC’s Source Festival 17 Discovery Theater 17 Dizzy Miss Lizzie’s Roadside Revue 18 dog & pony dc 18 Doorway Arts Ensemble 19 The Essential Theatre 19 Faction of Fools Theatre Company 20 Factory 449 20 First Draft at Charter Theatre 21 Folger Theatre 21 Ford’s Theatre 22 Forum Theatre 22 GALA Hispanic Theatre 23 Guillotine Theatre 23 Happenstance Theater 24 theHegira 24 The Heritage-O’Neill Theatre Company 25 The Hub Theatre 25 Imagination Stage 26 The In Series 26 Infinity Theatre Company 27 The Inkwell 27 The Keegan Theatre 28 John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts 28 Landless Theatre Company 29

Longacre Lea 29 MetroStage 30 Molotov Theatre Group 30 The National Theatre 31 New Musical Foundation 31 No Rules Theatre Company 32 Olney Theatre Center 32 Open Circle Theatre 33 Pinky Swear Productions 33 Pointless Theatre Co. 34 the Puppet Co. 34 Quotidian Theatre Company 35 Rep Stage 35 Rorschach Theatre 36 Round House Theatre Bethesda 36 Round House Theatre Silver Spring 37 SCENA Theatre 37 Shakespeare Theatre Company 38 Signature Theatre 38 Solas Nua 39 Spooky Action Theater 39 Spotlight Comunicaciones 39 The Studio Theatre 40 The Studio Theatre 2ndStage 40 Synetic Theater 41 Synetic Family Theater 41 Taffety Punk Theatre Company 42 Teatro de la Luna 42 Theater Alliance 43 Theater J 43 Theatre Du Jour 44 Toby’s Dinner Theatre 44 Unexpected Stage Company 45 Venus Theatre 45 Wandering Souls 46 The Warner Theatre 46 Washington Improv Theater 47 Washington Savoyards 47 The Washington Stage Guild 48 Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts 48 Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company 49 WSC Avant Bard 49 Young Playwrights’ Theater 49

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When the national leaders in classical, contemporary, and musical theatre are right here in Washington, why go anywhere else? For nearly three decades, Washington has been one of the most dynamic centers of theatre in America— rivaled only by New York in the number of productions presented each year. With productions presented by over 80 professional theatres in DC, Maryland, and Virginia, and enjoyed by audiences more than two million strong, Washington theatres have what you want to see: ■■ Re-imagined classics and revolutionary contemporary work ■■ Electrifying world premieres and timeless revivals with innovative twists ■■ Rousing musicals, touring companies, and festivals ■■ Inspiring children’s theatre and staged readings ■■ The incredible talents of world renowned actors, directors, and designers ■■ Diverse and exciting performance spaces in contemporary structures, historic playhouses, and intimate venues Washington Theatre: It’s what you do when you live here; it’s what you do when you visit here. Photo Credits Cover: Alex Alferov, Sarah Chapin & Jon Towson, Spring Awakening (Keegan Theatre), photo: C. Stanley Photography; page 3: Tonya Beckman, The Gaming Table (Folger Theatre), photo: Carol Pratt; page 4: Clif Walker, Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Washington Savoyards), photo: Jeff Malet; page 6: Nick Dillenburg, Two Gentlemen of Verona (Shakespeare Theatre Company), photo: Scott Suchman; page 7: E. Faye Butler, Marty Lodge, Trouble in Mind (Arena Stage), photo: Richard Anderson; page 50: David Winkler, The Gallerist (Rorschach Theatre), photo: C. Stanley Photography; page 51: Felicia Curry, Mirandy and Brother Wind (Adventure Theatre), photo: Bruce Douglas; page 52: Emma Crane Jaster, The Green Bird (Constellation Theatre Company), photo: Scott Suchman; page 54: Mona Martinez, Ay, Carmela (GALA Hispanic Theatre), photo: Lonnie D. Tague

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1st Stage 1524 Spring Hill Road McLean, VA 22102 703-854-1856

Providing a bridge between educational and professional theatre for young and emerging professional artists Side Man, Lee Mikeska Gardner, photo courtesy of 1st Stage

active cultures theatre performing at n R  iverdale Town Center 4650 Queensbury Road Riverdale, MD 20737 n O  ld Parish House/College Park Arts Exchange 4711 Knox Road College Park, MD 20740 n B  ladensburg Waterfront Park 4601 Annapolis Road Bladensburg, MD 20710 301-526-9921

Exploring local culture through theatre for multigenerational audiences Medley Relay, Sasha Lightbourne, Emily Jablonski, and Jessie Dulaney, photo by Kate DeAngelis

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Adventure  Theatre MTC 7300 MacArthur Boulevard Glen Echo, MD 20812 301-634-2270 A  dventure Theatre MTC Academy Wintergreen Plaza 837-D Rockville Pike Rockville, MD 20852 301-251-5766 Cultivating new generations of artists and audiences by creating memorable theatrical productions and by providing young people the highest quality musical theatre training Five Little Monkeys, photo by Bruce Douglas

Give the gift of Washington theatre. TixCertificates from theatreWashington are accepted at more than 40 area theatres. The perfect way to introduce friends and family to live theatre. | 9

African Continuum Theatre Company performing at Atlas Performing Arts Center 1333 H Street, NE Washington, DC 20002 202-399-7993 (Box Office) 202-529-5763 (Administration) Illuminating African and African-American history and culture and its contributions to the larger community Legend of Buster Neal, photo by Valerie Russell

Ambassador Theater performing at Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint 916 G Street, NW Washington, DC 20001 703-475-4036 Fostering international artistic relations and cultural dialogue with classical and contemporary plays from around the world Under the Shadow of Wings, Gavin Whitt, photo by Magdalena Pinkowska

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The American Century Theater performing at The Gunston Arts Center, Theater II 2700 South Lang Street Arlington, VA 22206 703-998-4555 Producing rarely seen American classics predating 1985 On the Waterfront, Caitlin Shea and Jack Powers, photo by Dennis Deloria

American Ensemble Theater performing at Capitol Hill Arts Workshop 545 7th Street, SE Washington, DC 20003 800-838-3006 (Box Office) 301-897-8411 (Administration) Producing an eclectic mix of American plays in an environment where artists can thrive Bobby Gould in Hell, Slice Hicks and Liz Dutton, photo by Chelsie Lloyd | 11

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater 1101 6th Street, SW Washington, DC 20024 202-488-3300 (Box Office) 202-554-9066 (Administration) A national center for producing, presenting, developing, and studying American theatre Red, Patrick Andrews and Edward Gero, photo by Liz Lauren

Artists’ Bloc performing at various venues 202-450-4030 Pinoy-A’merican Tale, photo by C. Stanley Photography

Providing an environment where artists can explore their work through the active engagement of their peers and a diverse audience

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banished? productions performing at various venues 202-670-1006 Producing avant-pop, performance-based, immersive art experiences Into the Dollhouse, Jennifer Rivers, Carrie Monger, and Stefanie Quinones Bass, photo by Jessica Seo

The Bay Theatre Company 275 West Street Annapolis, MD 21401 1-877-503-9463 (Box Office) 410-268-1333 (Administration) Producing relevant, diverse, and thought-provoking plays in an intimate setting Love Letters, Nigel Reed and Valerie Leonard, photo by Stan Barouh | 13

Capital Fringe presenting at various venues 607 New York Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20001 202-737-7230 Infusing energy into performing arts in the Washington, DC region through a yearly Fringe Festival, featuring a wide variety of artistic disciplines in over 100 performances, and year-round Fringe Training Factory performances and workshops 2012 Capital Fringe, photo courtesy of Capital Fringe

Chesapeake Shakespeare Company

The Merchant of Venice, Heather Howard and Chelsea Mayo, photo by Teresa Castracane

performing at PFI Historic Park 3691 Sarahs Lane Ellicott City, MD 21043 and other locations in Howard County, MD 410-313-8661 (Box Office) 410-313-8874 (Administration) www.chesapeakeshakespeare. com Producing exciting, energetic, and entertaining Shakespeare and other classic plays

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City Artistic Partnerships performing at various venues The Santaland Diaries, Beckett Lias and Joe Brack, photo by C. Stanley Photography

202-213-2474 www.cityartisticpartnerships. org Providing vital services that assist and promote artists and arts organizations

Compass Rose Studio Theater 1011 Bay Ridge Avenue Annapolis, MD 21403 410-980-6662 Upholding the highest educational and artistic standards as a professional teaching theatre company The Miracle Worker, Colleen Marie Arnold and Annalie Ellis, photo courtesy of Compass Rose Studio Theater | 15

Constellation Theatre Company performing at Source 1835 14th Street, NW Washington, DC 20009 800-494-8497 (Box Office) 202-204-7741 (Administration) Creating epic, ensemble theatre with visionary design, heightened physicality, and original music Metamorphoses, Katie Atkinson, photo by Scott Suchman

Creative Cauldron ArtSpace Falls Church 410 S. Maple Avenue Falls Church, VA 22046 571-239-5288 Providing opportunities for learning, participation, and enjoyment of the performing and visual arts through producing and presenting theatrical work with intergenerational appeal Nevermore, Dani Stoller and Sean Thompson, photo by Christopher Mueller

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CulturalDC’s Source Festival presented at Source 1835 14th Street, NW Washington, DC 20009 202-315-1305 Showcasing new works each summer and providing opportunities to theatre artists to explore new ideas and expand their visibility Seesaw, Andrew Ferlo and Jennifer Knight, photo by C. Stanley Photography

Discovery Theater The S. Dillon Ripley Center at the Smithsonian Institution 3rd Sublevel 1100 Jefferson Drive, SW Washington, DC 20024 202-633-8700 Presenting performances for young audiences that celebrate the rich diversity of our region and the world Discovery Theater Holiday Show, Photo courtesy of Discovery Theater | 17

Dizzy Miss Lizzie’s Roadside Revue performing at various venues 703-508-2034 Producing rowdy, raucous, loud, and literate epic storytelling with a vaudevillian, burlesque, rock and roll sensibility The Brontes, Gillian Shelley, Dani Stoller, and Steve McWilliams, photo by Paul Gillis Photography

dog & pony dc performing at various venues 202-670-5347 Devising innovative, immersive performances by an ensemble-based company that provides audiences new ways of experiencing theatre Beertown, Elaine Yuko Qualter and Joshua Drew, photo by Clinton B Photography

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Doorway Arts Ensemble peforming at The Studio Theater Cultural Arts Center of Montgomery College 7995 Georgia Avenue Silver Spring, MD 20910 and various other venues 240-567-5775 (Box Office) 301-530-4349 (Administration) Providing an artistic entrance for emerging theatre artists and championing new plays by promising writers Hercules in Russia, DeJeanette Horne and Ricardo Frederick Evans, photo by C. Stanley Photography

The Essential Theatre performing at various venues 202-328-0569 A Rose Among Thorns, A Tribute To Rosa Parks, Ella Joyce, photo courtesy of The Essential Theatre

Producing theatre reflective of the African-American experience that explores and celebrates the rich, diverse American cultural landscape | 19

Faction of Fools Theatre Company

Hamlecchino, Rachel Spicknall and Matthew R. Wilson, photo by C. Stanley Photography

performing at Elstad Auditorium and Eastman Studio Theatre Gallaudet University 800 Florida Avenue, NE Washington, DC 20002 1-800-838-3006 (Box Office) 347-247-0755 (Administration) Embodying physical discipline and spontaneous imagination of Commedia dell’Arte in performances, actor training, and outreach

Factory 449 performing at Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint 916 G Street, NW Washington, DC 20001 and various venues 866-811-4111 (Box Office) 202-302-4991 (Administration) Producing thought-provoking drama, new works, and “theatre as event” via an ensemble of multi-disciplinary artists and professionals The Ice Child, Sara Barker, photo by C. Stanley Photography

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First Draft at Charter Theatre performing at: n Theater on the Run 3700 South Four Mile Run Drive Arlington, VA 22206 n Arts Club of Washington 2017 I Street, NW Washington, DC 20006 202-333-7009

Jack & the Beanstalk (with 1st Stage), Gannon O’Brien and Tyler Herman, photo courtesy of First Draft at Charter Theater

Developing new plays, the audiences who love them, and partnering with theatres to produce new work

Folger Theatre 201 East Capitol Street, SE Washington, DC 20003 202-544-7077 (Box Office) 202-675-0388 (Administration) The Gaming Table, photo by Carol Pratt

Producing innovative stagings of works by Shakespeare, his contemporaries, and those inspired by him in an intimate, Elizabethan-style theatre at the Folger Shakespeare Library | 21

Ford’s Theatre 511 10th Street, NW Washington, DC 20004 202-347-4833 (Box Office) 800-982-2787 (Tickets) 202-638-2941 (Administration) Celebrating the legacy of President Abraham Lincoln and exploring the American experience through theatre and education

1776, Brooks Ashmanskas and Robert Cuccioli, photo by Carol Rosegg

Forum Theatre performing at Round House Theatre Silver Spring 8641 Colesville Road Silver Spring, MD 20910 240-644-1100 (Box Office) 240-644-1390 (Administration) Producing adventurous, relevant, and challenging plays that inspire discussion and build community The Language Archive, Kerri Rambow, Edward Christian, and Mitchell HĂŠbert, photo by Melissa Blackall Photography

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GALA Hispanic Theatre 3333 14th Street, NW Washington, DC 20010 202-234-7174 Preserving and promoting Latino arts and culture and sharing this rich Hispanic heritage through theatre and diverse performing arts programs El desdén con el desdén (In Spite of Love), Natalia Miranda-Guzmán, Ignacio GarcíaBustelo, and Antonio Vargas, photo by Paul Montenegro

Guillotine Theatre

(formerly The Georgetown Theatre Company) performing at various venues Belle Parricide, Madeline Ruskin and Sun King Davis, photo courtesy of Guillotine Theatre

Producing classic literature as entertaining, audience-friendly theatre | 23

Happenstance Theater performing at various venues 301-949-4442 Devising and producing original, performer-created, visual, poetic theatre Look Both Ways, Mark Jaster and Sabrina Mandell, photo by Mukul Ranjan

theHegira performing at Flashpoint 916 G Street, NW Washington, DC 20001 Developing and producing work by and about women of color In the Blood, photo by C. Stanley Photography

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The Heritage-O’Neill Theatre Company performing in Bethesda, MD Producing the plays of Eugene O’Neill and the American classics Requiem for a Heavyweight, Frank Vince, Sean Coe, and Dexter Hamlett, photo courtesy of The HeritageO’Neill Theatre

The Hub Theatre performing at John Swayze Theatre at The New School of Northern Virginia 9431 Silver King Court Fairfax, Virginia 22031 800-494-8497 Producing contemporary theatre that reflects our common humanity Big Love, Kristen Garaffo, photo by Melissa Blackall Photography | 25

Imagination Stage 4908 Auburn Avenue Bethesda, MD 20814 301-280-1660 (Box Office) 301-961-6060 (Administration) Offering a year-round season of professional shows, after-school programs, summer camps, and arts-integration professional development for teachers, students, schools, and families of all abilities P.Nokio: A HipHop Musical, Katy Carkuff, Psalmayene 24, and Jacob Yeh, photo by Scott Suchman

The In Series

Barber and Barberillo, Anamer Castrello and Peter Burroughs, photo by Paul Aebersold

performing at n S  ource 1835 14th Street, NW Washington, DC 20009 n GALA Hispanic Theatre 3333 14th Street, NW Washington, DC 20010 n A  tlas Performing Arts Center 1333 H Street, NE Washington, DC 20002 202-204-7763 (Box Office) 202-204-7760 (Administration) Producing innovative opera, intimate cabaret, and Latino programs sprinkled with dance and poetry

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Infinity Theatre Company performing at The CTA Theatre Complex 1661 Bay Head Road Annapolis, MD 21409 917-589-5700 Inspiring and transforming artists and audiences through imagination, creation, and the infinite possibilities found only in theatre Dames at Sea, Erick Buckley and Kristie Kerwin, photo by Nancy Anderson Cordell Photography

The Inkwell

Blue Straggler Inkreading, photo courtesy of The Inkwell

presenting at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company 641 D Street, NW Washington, DC 20004 202-256-9802 Serving playwrights, playgoers, and playmakers through new play development | 27

The Keegan Theatre performing at Church Street Theatre 1742 Church Street, NW Washington, DC 20036 703-892-0202 Producing powerful, provocative stories in an intimate setting, honoring the rich theatre traditions of America, Ireland, and beyond Spring Awakening, photo by C. Stanley Photography

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts 2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20566 202-467-4600 or 800-444-1324 (Box Office) 202-416-8000 (Administration) America’s living memorial to President Kennedy presenting performers and performances from across the U.S. and around the world, nurturing new works and young artists, and serving the nation as a leader in arts education Follies., Jenifer Foote , Danny Burstein, and Kiira Schmidt, photo by Joan Marcus

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Landless Theatre Company performing in Adams Morgan 202-462-7833 Producing alternative theatre that generates new and diverse audiences Devil Boys From Beyond, Steven Kirkpatrick and Charles Boyington, photo by Rachel Eisley

Longacre Lea performing at The Callan Theater Catholic University 3801 Harewood Road, NE Washington, DC 20017 202-460-2188 Producing physical productions of cerebral works exploring the roles of the unseen and unexplained in the human condition Goldfish Thinking, Jennifer Hopkins and Heather Haney, photo by C. Stanley Photography | 29

MetroStage 1201 North Royal Street Alexandria, VA 22314 800-494-8497 (Box Office) 703-548-9044 (Administration) Producing an eclectic, diverse season of plays and musicals Jacques Brel is Alive and Well & Living in Paris, photo by Christopher Banks

Molotov Theatre Group performing at various venues

Fat Men in Skirts, Matthew Marcus and K. Clare Johnson, photo by Heather Whitpan

Preserving and exploring the aesthetic of the Grand Guignol, or French Theatre of Horror

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The National Theatre 1321 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20004 202-628-6161 (Box Office) 202-737-5983 (Administration) Presenting touring productions of “Broadway� plays and musicals Les Miserables, photo by Deen van Meer

New Musical Foundation performing at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company 641 D Street, NW Washington, DC 20004 866-811-4111 (Box Office) 703-304-7080 (Administration) Supporting the creation of new musicals through readings and workshop productions F@#king Up Everything, John Fritz and Dani Stoller, photo by Matthew Ghon | 31

No Rules Theatre Company performing at Signature Theatre 4200 Campbell Avenue Arlington, VA 22206 571-527–2159 Producing a broad spectrum of accessible, high quality, truthful theatre that will open the minds and expand the expectations of a diverse audience Suicide Incorporated, Joe Isenberg and Spencer Trinwith, photo by C. Stanley Photography

Olney Theatre Center 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road Olney, MD 20832 301-924-3400 (Box Office) 301-924-4485 (Administration) Presenting a diverse array of productions year-round that enrich, nurture, and challenge a broad range of artists, audiences, and students You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, photo by Stan Barouh

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Open Circle Theatre performing at various venues 202-683-8934 Showcasing professional artists with and without disabilities in ways that opens access to the theatre for all The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Alex Grant-Genievski and Suzanne Richard, photo by Ian Armstrong

Pinky Swear Productions performing at various venues 703-943-7656 Producing modern plays with strong, engaging women’s roles where people talk to each other and things happen Killing Women, Allyson Harkey, Karen Lange, and Allison S. Galen, photo by Andrew Bossi | 33

Pointless Theatre Co. performing at various venues 678-522-5921 Creating bold, visceral, and affordable spectacles that gleefully smash the traditional boundaries between puppetry, theatre, dance, music, and the visual arts Cab Calloway’s Minnie the Moocher, Danny Martin, Madeline Whiting, and Scott Whalen, photo by Mel Beiler

the Puppet Co. 7300 MacArthur Boulevard Glen Echo, MD 20812 301-634-5380 (Box Office) 202-234-6666 (Administration) Producing puppet theatre for children and family audiences Cinderella, photo by Christopher Piper

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Quotidian Theatre Company performing at The Writer’s Center 4508 Walsh Street Bethesda, MD 20815 301-816-1023 Performing the works of realistic or impressionistic playwrights such as Foote, Chekhov, and McPherson A Little Trick & Afterplay, Michele Osherow and David Dubov, photo by Audrey Cefaly

Rep Stage performing at Horowitz Center at Howard Community College 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway Columbia, MD 21044 Las Meninas, photo by Stan Barouh

443-518-1500 (Box Office) 443-518-1510 (Administration) Producing regional premieres, classics, cutting-edge comedies, and dramas in an intimate environment on two stages | 35

Rorschach Theatre performing at Atlas Performing Arts Center 1333 H Street, NE Washington, DC 20002 202-399-7993 (Box Office) 202-452-5538 (Administration) Presenting productions that feature a fierce performance style, bold use of theatrical space, and dedication to challenging works that are at once relevant and timeless The Gallerist, photo by C. Stanley Photgraphy

Round House Theatre Bethesda 4545 East-West Highway Bethesda, MD 20814 240-644-1100 (Box Office) 240-644-1099 (Administration) Producing literary and contemporary works for the stage by today’s top playwrights Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, Maboud Ebrahimzadeh and Salma Shaw, Photo by Danisha Crosby

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Round House Theatre Silver Spring 8641 Colesville Road Silver Spring, MD 20910 240-644-1100 (Box Office) 240-644-1099 (Administration) Producing an eclectic menu of theatre, dance, and music by dynamic groups and artists from across the metro area in a black box space

SCENA Theatre performing at Atlas Performing Arts Center 1333 H Street, NE Washington, DC 20002 and other venues 703-683-2824 (Box Office) 703-684-7990 (Administration) Producing international theatre which stimulates cultural exchange between artists, locally and worldwide Purge, Colleen Delany and Kerry Waters, photo by Don Summers, Jr | 37

Shakespeare Theatre Company performing at S  idney Harman Hall 610 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20004 n L  ansburgh Theatre 450 7th Street, NW Washington, DC 20004 202-547-1122 (Box Office) 202-547-3230 (Administration) n

Two Gentlemen of Verona, Nick Dillenburg and Andrew Veenstra, photo by Scott Suchman

Recipient of the 2012 Regional Theatre Tony Award, producing classic theatre in an imaginative, skillful, and accessible American style

Signature Theatre 4200 Campbell Avenue Arlington, VA 22206 703-820-9771 (Box Office) 571-527-1860 (Administration) Recipient of the 2009 Regional Theatre Tony Award, dedicated to producing musicals, contemporary plays, and the development of new work Hairspray, photo by Christopher Mueller

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Solas Nua performing at various venues 800-494-TIXS (Box Office) 202-315-1317 (Administration) Producing contemporary works of Irish playwrights

Spooky Action Theater performing at Universalist National Memorial Church 1810 16th Street, NW Washington, DC 20009 202-248-0301 Producing plays with strong imaginative and intellectual content performed in an innovative physical style The Water Engine, John Brady and Max Jackson, photo by Francisco Rosario

Spotlight Comunicaciones performing at various venues Gay, Accept Me If You Love Me, Edith Tapia and Hans Bachmann, photo courtesy of Spotlight Comunicaciones

571-921-5825 Producing performances involving Latin culture and art, translating successful shows from Spanish to English, and presenting new works | 39

The Studio Theatre 1501 14th Street, NW Washington, DC 20005 202-332-3300 (Box Office) 202-232-7267 (Administration) Producing contemporary plays of sophistication and style featuring unparalleled artistry in performance, directing, and design Bachelorette, Jessica Love and JD Taylor, photo by Scott Suchman

The Studio Theatre 2ndStage 1501 14th Street, NW Washington, DC 20005 202-332-3300 (Box Office) 202-232-7267 (Administration) Producing eclectic and innovative productions that encourage collaboration between emerging and established theatre artists Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Rachel Zampelli Jackson and Heath Calvert, photo by Scotty Beland

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Synetic Theater

The Taming of the Shrew, photo by Johnny Shryock

1800 S. Bell Street Arlington, VA 22202 800-494-8497 (Box Office) 703-824-8060 (Administration) Creating a distinct form of non-realistic, physical theatre for all ages that fuses dynamic art forms — text, drama, movement, acrobatics, dance, and music

Synetic Family Theater 1800 S. Bell Street Arlington, VA 22202 703-824-6200 (Box Office) 1-800-494-8497 703-824-8060 (Administration) Fusing mime, music, and movement to re-imagine children’s classics The Nutcracker, Emily Whitworth and Dallas Tolentino, photo by Yulia Kriskovets | 41

Taffety Punk Theatre Company performing at Capitol Hill Arts Workshop 545 7th Street, NE Washington, DC 20003 202-261-6612 Producing distorted classical and dissonant contemporary plays Much Ado About Nothing, photo by Teresa Castracane Photography

Teatro de la Luna performing at Gunston Arts Center – Theater Two 2700 South Lang Street Arlington, VA 22206 703-548-3092 (Box Office) 202-882-6227 (Administration) Producing Spanish-language theatre and bilingual theatrical activities Las Quiero a las Dos (I Want Them Both), Karen Morales-Chacana, Peter Pereyra, and Yovinca Arredondo, photo by Brian S. Allard

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Theater Alliance performing at various venues 202-399-7993 x2 (Box Office) 202-399-7993 x101 (Administration) Producing new or rarely seen plays and musicals that attract a diverse audience Reals, Blair Bowers, AndrĂŠs Talero, and Jon Odom, photo by C. Stanley Photography

Theater J 1529 16th Street, NW Washington, DC 20036 800-494-8497 (Box Office) 202-777-3210 (Administration) Producing thought-provoking, publicly engaged, personal, passionate, and entertaining plays and musicals that celebrate the distinctive urban voice and social vision that is part of the Jewish cultural legacy The Religion Thing, Liz Mamana and Chris Stezin, photo by C. Stanley Photography | 43

Theatre Du Jour performing at DC Arts Center 2438 18th Street, NW Washington, DC 20009 202-462-7833 (Box Office) 202-379-5601 (Administration) Producing experimental company-created works, new approaches to traditional plays, and work by avant-garde pioneers The Zoo Story, Jerry Herbilla and B. Stanley, photo courtesy of Theatre Du Jour

Toby’s Dinner Theatre 5900 Symphony Woods Road Columbia, MD 21044 410-730-8311 or 301-596-6161 (Box Office) 800-888-6297 (Long Distance) 410-730-8311 (Administration) Producing theatre-in-the-round with a live orchestra presenting Broadway and original musicals with dinner or brunch The King & I, David Bosley Reynolds and Heather Marie Beck, photo by Kirstine Christiansen

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Unexpected Stage Company performing at Randolph Road Theater 4010 Randolph Road Silver Spring, MD 20902 301-337-8290 Producing works that explore the intricacies and intimacies of the human experience The Dumb Waiter, Matt Boliek and Christopher Dwyer, photo by Kate Erin Gibson

Venus Theatre The Venus Theatre Play Shack 21 C Street Laurel, MD 20707 866-811-4111 (Box Office) 202-236-4078 (Administration) Producing intimate, provocative, intrepid, cutting-edge, world premiere work by living playwrights from all over the globe Punk Rock Mom, Ann Fraistat, Alex Zavistovich, and Deb Randall, photo by Curtis Jordan | 45

Wandering Souls performing at various venues 678-361-1502 Making the luxury of the arts more accessible to everyone and offering free touring productions of classical and community-devised plays to the under-served population of greater DC including senior centers, hospitals, shelters, and low income schools

The Warner Theatre 513 13th Street, NW Washington, DC 20004 202-783-4000 (Box Office) 202-626-8250 (Administration) Presenting national and international touring theatrical, dance, musical, and comedy productions Photo courtesy of Warner Theatre

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Washington Improv Theater performing at Source 1835 14th Street, NW Washington, DC 20009 202-204-7770 Presenting longform improv in unscripted, spirited, and utterly unpredictable shows, packed with observations on current events and contemporary life I Confess, photo by Andrew Bossi

Washington Savoyards performing at Atlas Performing Arts Center 1333 H Street, NE Wahington, DC 20002 202-399-7993 Washington’s only professional light opera company, producing classic and significant works of musical theatre A Grand Night for Singing, photo by Jeff Malet | 47

The Washington Stage Guild performing at Undercroft Theatre Mt. Vernon Place United Methodist Church 900 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20001 240-582-0050 Producing eloquent plays of ideas and argument, passion and wit, from all periods of world drama enacted by a classical ensemble with a contemporary sensibility Husbands and Lovers, Peter J. Mendez and Conrad Feininger, photo by C. Stanley Photography

Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts 1551 Trap Road Vienna, VA 22182 703-255-1868 Producing and presenting a full range of performance and education programs in the Greater Washington area, as well as nationally and internationally Guys & Dolls, photo by Alastair Muir

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Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company 641 D Street, NW Washington, DC 20004 202-393-3939 (Box Office) 202-289-2443 (Administration) Producing new works on the edge of theatrical style and human experience that ignite an explosive engagement between theatre artists and audiences Mr. Burns, a postelectric play, photo by Scott Suchman

WSC Avant Bard

The Tooth of Crime, John Tweel and Jennifer Hopkins, photo by C. Stanley Photography

performing at Artisphere 1101 Wilson Boulevard Rosslyn, VA 22209 703-418-4808 Raising the stakes, bridging the gaps, and breathing new life into the classics

Young Playwrights’ Theater performing at various venues 202-387-9173 2012 New Play Festival, Dawn Thomas, Sarah Olmsted Thomas, and Alex Vernon, photo by Liza Harbison

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WASHINGTON, DC 14th Street Constellation Theatre Company The In Series CulturalDC’s Source Festival Studio Theatre & Studio 2ndStage Washington Improv Theater Adams Morgan/ Columbia Heights GALA Hispanic Theatre Landless Theatre Company Theatre Du Jour Dupont Circle Keegan Theatre Spooky Action Theater Theater J Georgetown/Foggy Bottom First Draft at Charter Theater The Kennedy Center H Street Northeast African Continuum Theatre Company The In Series Rorschach Theatre SCENA Theatre Theater Alliance Washington Savoyards Northeast Faction of Fools Theatre Company Longacre Lea Penn Quarter/National Mall Ambassador Theater Capital Fringe Discovery Theater Factory 449 Ford’s Theatre theHegira The Inkwell The National Theatre Pointless Theatre Co. Shakespeare Theatre Company Warner Theatre Washington Stage Guild Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company Southeast American Ensemble Theater Folger Theatre Taffety Punk Theatre Company Southwest Arena Stage

MARYLAND Annapolis Bay Theatre Company Compass Rose Studio Theater Infinity Theatre Company

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Bethesda Heritage-O’Neill Theatre Company Imagination Stage Quotidian Theatre Company Round House Theatre Columbia Chesapeake Shakespeare Company Rep Stage Toby’s Dinner Theatre Glen Echo Adventure Theatre MTC the Puppet Co. Prince George’s County active cultures theatre Venus Theatre Silver Spring/Olney Doorway Arts Ensemble Forum Theatre Happenstance Theater Olney Theatre Center Round House Theatre Unexpected Stage Company

VIRGINIA Arlington American Century Theater First Draft at Charter Theater No Rules Theatre Company Signature Theatre Synetic Theater Synetic Family Theater Teatro de la Luna WSC Avant Bard Other 1st Stage (McLean) Creative Cauldron (Falls Church) The Hub Theatre (Fairfax) MetroStage (Alexandria) Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts (Vienna)

PERFORMING IN VARIOUS VENUES Artists’ Bloc banished? productions City Artistic Partnerships Dizzy Miss Lizzie’s Roadside Review dog & pony dc The Essential Theatre Guillotine Theatre Molotov Theatre Group New Musical Foundation Open Circle Theatre Pinky Swear Productions Solas Nua Spotlight Comunicaciones Wandering Souls Young Playwrights’ Theater

Capital Fringe (Festival – July; FallFringe – Nov.) DC Hip-Hop Theatre Festival (July) Intersections, A New America Arts Festival (Feb./Mar.)

Source 1935 14th Street, NW Washington, DC 20009 Theater on the Run 3700 S. Four Mile Run Drive Arlington, VA 22206


Page to Stage Festival (Sept.)

The Actors’ Center

Source Festival (June)

Arlington Arts


Black Women Playwrights’ Group

Anacostia Playhouse (opening Spring 2013) 2020 Shannon Place, SE Washington, DC 20020 Artisphere 1101 Rosslyn Boulevard Rosslyn, VA 22209 Atlas Performing Arts Center 1333 H Street, NE Washington, DC 20002 Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) 545 7th Street, SE Washington, DC 20003 Church Street Theater 1742 Church Street, NW Washington, DC 20036 DC Arts Center 2438 18th Street, NW Washington, DC 20009 Gunston Arts Center 2700 S. Lang Street Arlington, VA 22206 Mead Theatre Lab – Flashpoint 916 G Street, NW Washington, DC 20001 Round House Silver Spring 9641 Colesville Road Silver Spring, MD 20910

The Capitol Steps Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington/Culture Capital/ Ticketplace CulturalDC Cultural Tourism DC Destination DC League of Washington Theatres National Conservatory of the Dramatic Arts The Playwright’s Forum Speakeasy DC The Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts Washington Area Performing Arts Video Archive

festivals, venues & affiliates


of theatreWashington

programs & services

theatreWashington is the only organization dedicated solely to promoting, representing, and supporting all segments of Washington’s professional theatre community—theatres, artists, company members, and audiences of all ages—and our community as a whole. The ultimate online resource for what’s playing on Washington stages. Features include Washington’s only show-filtering system to seek and sort productions based on specific interests, extensive information about productions and artists, as well as fascinating stories from behind the scenes. The theatreWashington Guide A comprehensive directory detailing theatre information, festivals, and neighborhoods. tixCertificates Gift certificates valid at more than 40 Washington-area professional theatres: the perfect gift to introduce—or reintroduce—family and friends to the experience of live theatre. Washington Collaborative Audience Database A repository of data from almost 40 area theatres, created so participating organizations can increase marketing efficiency and patron retention, while reducing duplicative efforts and excess costs. theatreWeek An annual week-long celebration to build awareness of Washington’s vibrant theatre community through special performances, backstage events, panel discussions, workshops, and area-wide promotions. Helen Hayes Recommended A time-sensitive tactic for Helen Hayes Awards judges to help identify and promote exceptional work and cultivate audiences while productions are still running. Washington Audience Development Initiative Multi-layered marketing and awareness campaigns that help promote Washington regionally and nationally as a worldclass theatre destination.

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of theatreWashington

programs & services

Show Tunes & Cocktails A monthly sing-along for theatre lovers to join special guests from Washington stages to belt out show tunes in intimate settings. grandFriends Club A program for grandparents and grandfriends to experience theatre together with the young people in their lives. Online tools to help select productions, resources for before and after the show, and a host of other perks facilitate the gift of crossgenerational theatregoing. The Washington Theatre Legacy Project A landmark program that, since 1994, has provided the tools, resources, and opportunities to incorporate theatre into the daily lives of area children, thus enriching, connecting, and strengthening the future generation of our community. The theatreWashington Education Expo By centralizing the areas 90+ theatre education programs, this unique forum will allow public school educators to connect directly with the theatre education programs and specialists that best suit their students’ needs and curricula. Intrinsic Impact Study An unprecedented research tool for theatre companies to measure how audiences feel about their work and operations. theatreWashington Green Rooms Monthly networking opportunities to encourage mentorship and sharing of ideas between theatre professionals in a pressure-free, highly creative environment. The Canadian/Washington Theatre Partnership An annual cultural exchange offering Washington area Artistic Directors the opportunity to explore Canada’s innovative theatrical offerings during a weeklong residency. Taking Care of Our Own An important initiative to meet the critical need of providing Washington-area theatre professionals with emergency assistance. The Helen Hayes Awards The annual event that honors extraordinary achievement in— and draws regional and national attention to—Washington professional theatre. Artists, audiences, supporters, and some of the most notable leaders in American Theatre join together to celebrate their combined accomplishments and Washington theatre.

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theatreWashington Guide 2012-13  

theatreWashington's Guide to theatre companies in the Washington area.

theatreWashington Guide 2012-13  

theatreWashington's Guide to theatre companies in the Washington area.